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By Robert A.  Hall

I'll be 63  soon.  Except for  one semester in college when  jobs  were scarce, and a six-month period  when I  was between  jobs but job-hunting every day,  I've  worked hard, since I was  18.  Despite some  health challenges, I still put in  50-hour  weeks, and haven't called in sick for seven or eight  years.  I make a good salary, but I  didn't inherit my job or my  income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no  retirement in sight, and  I'm tired.  Very tired.   

I'm tired  of being told that I have to  "spread the wealth around" to people who don't have my work ethic.  I'm  tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if  necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.   

I'm tired  of being told that I have to  pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes."  Sure, if  they lost  their jobs or got sick,  I'm willing to  help.  But if they  bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off,  $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing  Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment  Act that created the bubble, help them with their own money.   

I'm tired  of being told how bad  America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael  Moore,  George Soros, and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury  because of the opportunities America offers.  In thirty years, if they  get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe , the freedom of  the press of China , the crime and  violence of Mexico ,  the  tolerance of Iran for Christian people,  and the freedom of speech of Venezuela.  Won't  multiculturalism be beautiful?   

I'm tired of being  told that Islam is a "religion of  peace,"  when every day I can read  dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their  sisters, wives  and daughters for their family "honor";  of Muslims  rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christians and Jews  because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of  Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims   mutilating the genitals of little  girls, all in the name of Allah,   because the  Qur'an and Shari'a law tell them to.   

I  believe  "a man  should be  judged by the content of his character, not by the color of  his   skin."  I'm tired of being told that "race doesn't  matter" in  the post-racial world of Obama, when  it's all that matters in affirmative-action jobs, lower  college admission and  graduation standards for  minorities (harming   them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the  ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts  minorities  more than anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois.   

I  think  it's  very cool that we  have a black president and that a black child is doing  her homework at  the desk where Lincoln wrote the  emancipation proclamation.   I just wish the  black president was Condi Rice, or someone who  believes more in freedom and the individual, and less arrogantly of an  all-knowing government.   

I'm tired  of a news media that thinks  Bush's fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think  Obama's, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that Bush exercising daily was a  waste of presidential time,  but Obama exercising is a great example  for the public to control weight and stress;  that picked over every line  of Bush's military records, but never demanded that Kerry release  his;  that slammed Palin, with two  years as governor, for being too  inexperienced for  VP,  but touted Obama with three years as   senator as potentially the best president  ever.  Wonder why  people are dropping their subscriptions, or switching to Fox News? Get a clue.    I didn't vote for Bush in 2000, but  the media and Kerry drove me to  his camp in 2004.   

I'm tired  of being  told that out  of "tolerance for other cultures"  we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil  money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic  schools to preach hate in  America , while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue, or  religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.   

I'm tired  of being told I must lower  my living standard to fight global warming,  which no  one is allowed to debate.  My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment  and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom  condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about  5% ofAl Gore's, and if  you're greener than Gore, you're green  enough.   

I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a  disease, and I must help support and treat  them, and pay for the damage  they do.  Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them,  and  stuff white powder up their noses while  they tried to fight it  off?  I don't think gay people choose to be gay, but I damn sure think  druggies chose to take drugs.  And I'm  tired of harassment  from cool people treating me like a freak when I  tell them I never tried  marijuana.   

I'm tired  of illegal aliens being  called "undocumented  workers," especially the ones who aren't working, but are living on  welfare or crime. What's next? Calling drug dealers, "undocumented  pharmacists"?  And, no, I'm not against Hispanics.  Most of them are  Catholic, and it's been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me  for my religion.  I'm willing to fast track for citizenship   any Hispanic person who can speak English,  doesn't have a criminal  record and who is  self-supporting, without family on welfare,   or who serves honorably for three years in our military. Those are the  citizens we need.  

I'm  tired  of latte-liberals and  journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic  themselves nor let their entitlement-handicapped  kids near a recruiting  station, trashing our  military. They and their kids can sit at home,  never having to make split-second decisions under life-and- death  circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves.  Do bad  things happen in war?  You bet.  Do our troops sometimes misbehave?  Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy  of  our enemies for the last fifty years and still are?  Not  even close.  So here's the deal.  I'll let myself be subjected to  all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or  Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the  Muslims who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims  who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran  the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off  the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were  Christian.  Then we'll compare notes.  British and American soldiers  are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts,  instead of hiding from in fear.   

I'm tired  of people telling me that  their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on  corruption..  Read the papers - bums are bipartisan. And I'm tired  of people telling  me we need bipartisanship.  I live in Illinois ,  where the "Illinois Combine of Democrats" has worked to loot the public for  years.. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama's cabinet, as  well.   

I'm tired  of hearing wealthy athletes,  entertainers, and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes,  stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only  mistake was getting  caught.  I'm tired of people with a sense of  entitlement, rich or poor..   

Speaking of poor, I'm tired of hearing people with  air-conditioned  homes, color TVs and two cars called poor.   The majority of Americans didn't have that in 1970, but we didn't know  we were "poor".  The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition  of poor to keep the dollars flowing.   

I'm real tired of people who don't take  responsibility for their lives and actions.   I'm  tired of  hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big whatever for  their problems.   

Yes, I'm damn tired.  But  I'm also glad to be 63. Because mostly,  I'm not going  to have to see the world these people are making.  I'm just sorry for  my granddaughter.   

Robert A. Hall is a United States  Marine Vietnam  Veteran who served five terms in  the Massachusetts State Senate.


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